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JOB REPORT: Spirit Loses Millions In State Incentives

An airplane manufacturing plant here in Eastern Carolina, toured by the governor yesterday as he touted job creation, has lost millions of dollars in state grants because it has not created enough jobs.

Spirit AeroSystems opened its Kinston plant in 2010 and is scheduled to receive more than $25 million over a 12 year period, based on the number of jobs it has created.

The company told us after Governor McCrory's visit that just over 400 people work now at the facility, located at the Global TransPark.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce says Spirit missed out on $2.6 million in incentives because it did not have at least 203 people working at the end of 2010. In 2011, the company did receive $734,000 because it met the minimum of 220 jobs.

Numbers for 2012 are still being finalized, but it appears Spirit may lose $4.2 million. The company was to have 472 jobs by December 31st, 2012. Spirit also may not get $1.68 million for 2013 either as the Kinston plant must have 686 full-time jobs by the end of the year.

In the agreement with the state, Spirit said it would have between 825 and 1,031 jobs at the Kinston plant by the end of next year.


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